TACLOBAN CITY, (PNA) –Assistance Centers will be set up by the city government in the six cemeteries here to assist the public during the observance of the All Saint’s Day and All Soul’s Day on November 1 and 2.
City Administrator Tecson John Lim said that upon instruction of Mayor Alfred S. Romualdez the assistance centers will be positioned at the entrance of two public and four private cemeteries of the city, namely El Reposo and Basper Public Cemeteries, the Leyte Catholic Cemetery, Holy Cross and Superior Memorial Gardens in Diit and the Chinese Cemetery along Maharlika Highway.
Each center will be manned by eight rescue personnel from the Tacloban Rescue Unit (TACRU), White, Green Delta Volunteers and the Bureau of Fire Protection. The Chinese Chamber Emergency Medical Services (EMS) will also be on duty to provide first aid and emergency services.
A water station will be set up in the assistance centers by the General Services Office to provide free potable water to the public.
A command center located at the City Mayor’s Boardroom at the City Hall will be open 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Hotlines to the command center are 325 – 4402, 321-9401 and cell phone number 0908-867-8871.
Traffic Operations Management, Enforcement and Control Office (TOMECO) information officer Jobs Lagutan on the other hand said that a rerouting scheme will be implemented on November 1 and 2.
All vehicles coming from the south will be directed to turn right to Aslum Road upon approaching Sampaguita or be directed to take Old Road Sagkahan.
The designated parking areas are the immediate vicinities near the Redemptorist Church, and LEYECO, while the side road leading to El Reposo will be limited to pedestrians only according to Lagutan.
Meanwhile, Tacloban City Police Office (TCPO) Director S/Supt. Domingo Cabillan said it will be posting police assistance desks in the cemeteries on November 1 and 2.
Cabellan said El Reposo will have the most police deployment since it is the biggest public cemetery in the City
The local police office will station frisking areas at the entrance of cemeteries to prohibit bladed and deadly weapons and alcoholic beverages.
Meantime, flower fair, now on its second year, is now ongoing at the Plaza Rizal here to be participated by 18 cut flower growers from the city’s northern barangays.
The fair that will last until Nov 2 is spearheaded by the City Cooperative Development and Livelihood Assistance Office (CCDLAO).
CCDLAO Chief Ruena Mate said the fair is a market assistance project of the City Government for micro-entrepreneurs.